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  • Location:Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Viator VIP: Mt Fuji Private Tour Including Exclusive Visit with Priests at Sengen Shrine

Visiting Mt Fuji is a must-do experience when you're in Tokyo, but most people only stop for the snap panoramic photos of the formidable beauty. On this Viator VIP tour, your knowledgeable local guide takes you not only to see the iconic mountain, but also to a Shinto shrine for an exclusive private talk with a priest. At Sengen Shrine, enjoy the unprecedented opportunity to listen to a resident priest share personal life stories and history. Your day trip to 5th Station and Lake Kawaguchi includes lunch, snacks and sake with transport by train.


  • Private Mt Fuji day trip from Tokyo including exclusive talk with a resident priest at Sengen Shrine
  • Visit Mt Fuji’s 5th Station and ride the Kachi Kachi Ropeway from Lake Kawaguchi
  • Dine on Japanese specialties for lunch, sample delicious sweets and try local sake in a traditional Japanese village
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle
  • Experience Japan’s most iconic attraction as a VIP insider with this Viator exclusive, not available anywhere else!
  • Private tour ensures you’ll receive undivided attention from your guide

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Mt Fuji Private Tour Including Exclusive Visit with Priests at Sengen Shrine

Viator VIP: Mt Fuji Private Tour Including Exclusive Visit with Priests at Sengen Shrine

After pickup from your Tokyo hotel by private vehicle, your guide will accompany you on the train to Mt Fuji. You'll stop at key viewing spots and enjoy great photo opportunities, taking in the splendid sights of Japan’s iconic peak as it looms closer from each point along the way.

Upon arrival, sip local tea and listen to your knowledgeable guide explain the history and cultural importance of the Mt Fuji region before driving by private vehicle to Sengen Shrine, located at the foot of the mountain. This spiritual and often-overlooked Shinto home marks the beginning of any traditional pilgrimage to the top of Mt Fuji, especially during the opening of the climbing season or summer fire festivals. At the shrine, you’ll have the opportunity to spend time speaking personally with the local priests, a unique and exclusive experience typically inaccessible to the public! (Please note that the availability of the priests will be confirmed upon booking.)

Amid this stunning setting, enjoy some local snacks unique to the area; your guide will ensure you taste the best food available. If you'd like, feel free to make offerings for a safe visit on the mountain (own expense). Then, drive by private car with your guide to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station, located 7,546 feet (2,300 meters) above sea level. Referred to as the border between heaven and Earth, this stop features Japanese torii gates, shrines and stunning views of the mountain (if the weather cooperates).

Enjoy a delicious bowl of houtou — thick wheat noodles with vegetables in a broth — a specialty of the region. Try samples of traditional sweets and taste local sake. Then, head to Lake Kawaguchi, part of a UNESCO World Heritage-listed area around Mt Fuji. Hop on the Kachi Kachi Ropeway, a cable car that climbs 1,312 feet (400 meters) from the lake’s eastern shore to an observation deck where you’ll have panoramic views of Mt Fuji and the lake at sunset!

At the end of the day, your guide will transfer you back to the railway station and accompany you by express train back to Tokyo, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel by private vehicle.

Viator VIPs feature travel experiences not typically available to the general public — from behind-the-scenes access to private viewings and VIP service — at many of the world’s top attractions, often with no lines and no crowds. Viator VIP tours are not available from other 3rd-party online sellers.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very well organized, very good guide. It was a nice and funny tour. We see everything what was possible in the short time. Absolut top and worthy the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was one of the highlights of an amazing vacation.Although it is a longish day every moment was special.We felt so well cared for by both our guide and our driver in The Mt Fuji area.The train ride was fun and sometimes scenic during which our amazing guide Sylvia gave us history and information that enhanced the trip greatly.The mountain itself was spectacular and we lucked out with perfect weather.The views were amazing.My only comment is that the promised meeting with the monk was nothing like it was described in the brochure.Minor but worth noting.Although it was disappointing it in no way deterred from an amazing day that our incredible guide Sylvia provided for us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

our guide Mrs. Yuka Yoshida made this being an unforgettable excursion

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Meg was a great guide and we had perfect weather for our Mt Fuji visit
Highly recommend the tour



5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We had a wonderful and intimate experience with this Mt. Fuji VIP tour! Chatting with priest is absolutely a life time experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

We had a wonderful time with our guide Meg.

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2015

The exclusive visit with priests did not go as expected. I was expecting some private moments with a priest. Yet I was only offered to take part in a ceremony. Disappointed, but the overall experience is great.

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